This question has been asked a lot. I am one of the people who think a shavette is not the best entry razor for straight shaving. It will do the job - so will several other options that are uber sharp. However, a regular straight will be much more forgiving. If you like to learn by blood, the the shavette is your tool. If you like to actually walk away without a weeper or cut - even when you are learning (most of the time) - think about using a whippeddog regular straight.
Inventor of the world's first safety vibrating Kamisori with night light. Go to http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/299465-A-milder-Kamisori: Inventor of the Weckisori - (thanks sychodelix)